year in Tucson started off with a rare treat -- snow.
And with that dramatic scene, we kick off 2015 and our
|Photo courtesy of the
UA Biosphere 2.|
classes do not start for another week, the law commons
is abuzz as we prepare for the spring semester.
week we feature alumnus Brett Dunkelman, 3L Lisa Cohen,
and the upcoming conference on The Rehnquist Court:
Ten Years Later, presented by the William H.
Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of
also kicking off our Centennial Snapshot of the week as
a standing section in the Wildcat Wednesday. Check it
the great hallmarks of Arizona's legal community is a
commitment to congeniality. Brett Dunkelman is one of the finest
representations of this commitment. He is known by
friends and colleagues as an outstanding lawyer, a
valuable friend, and a true gentleman.
discussing his path to law school. Brett shares a
an early childhood onward, I was constantly told by
nearly everyone -- parents, teachers, neighbors, etc. --
that I should go to law school and become a
lawyer. As a result, becoming a lawyer was just
about the last thing in the world I wanted to do, at
least for a while."
years after he finished college and grad school, he
taught English and coached track and cross country at
Tucson High School. He even taught students who would
later become Arizona Law alumni.
1977, Brett came to Arizona Law. He credits the
collegial atmosphere, a hands-on student oriented
faculty, and small classes as strong factors in his
decision to come to the U of A -- traditions we are
proud to maintain today.
served as Editor in Chief of the Arizona Law
Review. He also clerked at the former Tucson law
firm of Schorr, Leonard & Felker, and at Lewis and
Roca (now Lewis Roca
Rothgerber) in Phoenix.
two judicial clerkships after law school -- first
with U.S. District Court Judge William P. Copple in
Phoenix (1980-81) and then with then-Associate Justice
Rehnquist at the United States Supreme Court
(1981-82). He notes that while the district court
clerkship may have had more practical application for
what he does now, the Supreme Court clerkship was a
pretty special experience too.
addition to being exposed to some of the finest legal
minds of the time, what I remember most about the year
would be the frequent walks with Justice Rehnquist
around the outside of the Supreme Court building, during
which we would discuss cases set for oral argument, what
questions to ask, or how a particular issue should be
handled in an opinion he was writing. The Justice
preferred to "walk around the block" rather than have
his clerks write formal memoranda, but it still required
substantial preparation in advance. October Term
1981 was an historic year at the Court, as it was
Justice O'Connor's first term as a Justice and several
high profile cases were decided that are probably still
included in law school textbooks."
that time, Brett has been at Osborn Maledon
in Phoenix. His practice has focused predominantly on
intellectual property and antitrust litigation, both at
the trial and appellate levels.
wife, Annette, is a CPA doing tax work for a local CPA
firm. He has two stepdaughters and a
son-in-law. His oldest stepdaughter, Andrea, and
her husband, Uri, are both first-year lawyers in
Southern California. They were classmates at
Berkeley Law. His younger stepdaughter, Michelle,
is a graduate student in nutrition at ASU.
Brett and his family at his daughter
shared that in order to keep his sanity, "I run for
about 70 minutes every morning, albeit at a far slower
pace than when I was a competitive distance runner some
35+ years ago."
continues to lead everywhere he goes -- on his morning
runs, in his practice, and in the
students make the world a better place by translating
their experiences into solutions for clients, ranging
from individuals to local nonprofits to government
agencies to international businesses.
Cohen's passion for the law developed at an early age.
When she was ten years old, her family immigrated to
Phoenix from Johannesburg, South Africa.
had a difficult immigration filled with uncertainty and
so I knew that I wanted be an attorney to help
immigrants just as our immigration attorney had helped
my family and me."
to Arizona Law from Arizona State University where she
earned two degrees: Spanish and transborder studies,
with a focus on Mexican immigration and economy.
course of her studies at Arizona Law she developed a
passion and skill for tax, estate planning, and elder
law. She is working toward earning certificates in tax
law and policy and in family and juvenile law.
on her long-term practice interest, she is currently a
research assistant for Professor Mona Hymel, gaining a more
in-depth knowledge of tax law.
|Lisa (right), her
brother, Howard (middle), and Class of 2014
alumna Swati Awasthi
summer of her first year, she was a judicial extern for
the Maricopa County Superior Court. During her second
summer, she served as a legal intern for the Florence
Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project working with
undocumented minors -- notably the large influx of
unaccompanied minors coming in from Central America. She
also participated as a student attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic.
by experience and empowered by those around her, Lisa
is very important to me. My parents gave up everything
to bring my brother and me to the United States, and
they always stressed an education, so I want to make
them proud by obtaining my law degree from the
University of Arizona."
is not busy studying tax and immigration statutes and
regulations, you can find Lisa hiking through the
Sonoran Desert or playing basketball.
Connect with Lisa on
Rehnquist Court: Ten Years
The Rehnquist Conference offers a thorough
examination and interactive conversation on the
jurisprudence of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
With the benefit of ten years of hindsight, a
distinguished group of jurists, scholars, and attorneys
will discuss his influence and lasting impact on
the following panels and discussions:
February 6, 2015
panels may qualify for CLE credit***
|University Hall -- now
known as Old Main
we mark 100 years of history at Arizona's first law
school. The University of Arizona's law program began in
September 1915, shortly after Arizona became the 48th
first, the law program had no building of its own, and
its classes, faculty, and library were accommodated from
time to time by Old Main, agriculture, the University
library, and Herring Hall.
popular demand, the Gutter Bowl returns
in the spring. Mark your calendars and start practicing
now. Special Thanks to Alison Bachus, Jessica Post, Tom
Stack, Geoff Balon, Coree Neumeyer, and honorary co-chairs
Steve Hirsch and Chas Wirken for planning this
DATE: March 4, 2015, Bowlmor Scottsdale.
East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
faculty, staff, and students are invited to
QuantLaw Presents: A
Conversation with John Donohue (Stanford), Jeff Fagan
(Columbia), and Saul Levmore
Work on Data
Donohue, "The Big Controversy in Empirical Evaluation of
Law and Policy"
Work on Policing
Work on Aging
Levmore, "Aging: Retirement by Contract"
Auditorium (Room 164)
hope the holidays offered relaxing time with
friends and family. Following a forty
my family spent New Years in
As you take your first steps in
your new year's resolutions, remember that getting
involved at Arizona Law is guaranteed to help you lose
weight: the more events you attend, the more walking
have a variety of events, conferences, lectures, and
conversations throughout our Centennial year. Keep an
eye on the footnotes and add them to your calendar.
forward to seeing you throughout the year.
Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
the next century of legal